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"The most interesting aspect of the book is the way it shows how individuals can turn out to play decisive parts in both the making of colonial politics and its application. ... Jennings's book is well-researched and an enjoyable read. It will inarguably prove valuable to scholars and students of colonialism and French history." (Violaine Tisseau, The American Historical Review, Vol. 124 (2), April, 2019)

"Jennings's well-written study discusses the colony's devastating sanitary crisis on the islands of Nosy Be, Nosy Komba, and Sainte-Marie (caused by malarial and typhoid fevers, dysentery, smallpox ... . this book would be interesting to historians, anthropologists, and French teachers, and could be used as a reader in courses discussing France's colonial history,which all too often focus solely on Algeria." (Christa Jones, French Review, Vol. 92 (3), March, 2019)